Lightning strikes out Cuero's homecoming game against Somerset
Sept. 20, 2013 at 4:20 a.m.
CUERO - Cuero had an early release day Friday so members of the football team gathered in the field house before 2 p.m.
The players watched a film before beginning their preparations for their homecoming game against Somerset.
But Mother Nature had other ideas.
A thunder and lightning storm hovered over Gobbler Stadium, and the game was canceled at 7:45 p.m. Homecoming ceremonies were moved to the school cafeteria.
"It's disappointing," said Cuero coach Travis Reeve. "Walking in and telling the kids that we've canceled the game was not an easy thing. They're excited and it's a home game, and they get excited about playing every Friday night, but especially nights like this and against good football teams like Somerset.
"It's disappointing that we weren't able to play," he added. "But God's got a plan and this is apparently part of it."
Reeve was hoping to wait out the storm, but Somerset (2-1) had a 2 -hour trip home, and Bulldogs coach Sonny Detmer did not want to take a chance of having another delay.
Detmer also did not want to play Saturday.
"It was getting where the game wasn't going to start until close to 9 o'clock," Reeve said. "Somerset felt like with the travel that would be too late to get started and for them to get back. There was no guarantee that were would be no further delays so we decided to call the game."
The good news for Cuero (2-1) is its new artificial surface had no problems with drainage, and would have been ready if the storm had stopped.
"The field was in great shape," Reeve said.
The last time Cuero was forced to cancel a game because of the weather was in 2005.
The Gobblers were scheduled to play at Sinton, but the game was called off because of Hurricane Rita.
Cuero will play at Ingleside next Friday. Reeve will attempt to find a game for the Gobblers' open date on Oct. 4.
"We're going to try and find us a game," he said. "We'll see what happens. That's a short turnaround, but we're going to do our best."